<strong>LR Vandy</strong>, <em>Pomp & Circumstance</em> (detail), 2019.
Wood and metal, 180 x 60 x 35 cm.<strong>LR Vandy</strong>, <em>These Women, Nos. 2, 9, 12</em>, 2019. Bronze, ca. 21 x 10 x 10 cm each. Ed. of 20.<strong>LR Vandy</strong>, <em>Red Dart</em> (detail), 2019. Metal and plastic, 40 x 16 x 15 cm.

LR Vandy

LR Vandy.
Photo: © Caz Hildebrand, 2018.
LR Vandy, Top Brass (detail), 2019. Wood and metal,
100 x 22 x 15 cm.

In her sculptures, LR Vandy brings together both found and made objects in order to create new meaning. In her Hull series, Vandy transforms model boat hulls into ‘masks’, animating them with various materials, including fishing floats, porcupine quills and acupuncture needles. The hulls allude to the transportation of migrants as commodities. As masks they present a transformation of identity, drawing upon the tradition of talismans, charms and amulets. Her work Railway also closely examines transport systems and their hidden human costs. Vandy threads old model railway tracks across burnt wood of different depths, contained by brass borders. Her sculpture series These Women, consists of twenty-one individual, dynamic sculptures, each one a different variation of bold geometric elements. A large Jesmonite sculpture from the series Superhero Cog-Woman, acting as a tribute to women throughout time, was selected to be shown at Frieze Sculpture 2019, The Regents Park, London, UK.

Vandy made her sell-out debut with October Gallery at 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London in 2018, which was followed by her highly anticipated first solo show at the Gallery in June 2019. The artist’s work was also exhibited as part of the exhibition Get Up, Stand Up Now, 2019 at Somerset House. She is represented in many private collections and her work European, 2015 was recently acquired by the British Museum.

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LR Vandy

Born in 1958, Coventry, UK. Lives and works in London, UK.

BA Graphic Design and Printmaking, Camberwell College of Arts, London, UK
MA Furniture Design, Royal College of Art, London, UK

Solo Exhibitions
2019   Hidden, October Gallery, London, UK
Group Exhibitions
2023   Dancing in Time: The Ties That Bind Us, National Museums Liverpool, International Slavery Museum, Canning Dock, Liverpool, UK
2022   Nomadic Resonance, October Gallery, London, UK
1-54 Contemporary African art Fair, Somersethouse, with October Gallery, London, UK
Arms Around the Child, Christie's Auction, London, UK
Sotheby's Modern and Contemporary Art Auction and Exhibition, London, UK
2021   Kensington and Chelsea Art Week, London, UK
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, with October Gallery, London, UK
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Artist's Residency, Wakefield, UK
Black, Bold & British, Christie's, London, UK
Body and Place, CoLab Drawing Residency by Clare Mander, Owlpen Manor, Dursley, UK
2020   Atmospheres; Artists of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, Online with October Gallery, London, UK 
2019    Investec Cape Town Art Fair,  Cape Town, South Africa
    1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York, USA with October Gallery, London, UK
Frieze Sculpture 2019, Regents Park, London with October Gallery, London, UK
Abu Dhabi Art, Abu Dhabi, UAE, with October Gallery, London, UK
Life Through Extraordinary Mirrors, October Gallery, London, UK
Get Up, Stand Up Now, Somerset House, London, UK
AKAA: Also Known as Africa, Contemporary art and design fair, Paris, France, with October Gallery, London, UK
Dream No Small Dream: Celebrating 40 Years of the Transvangarde, October Gallery, London, UK
2018   1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London, UK with October Gallery, London, UK
2013   Bayjoo and Vandy, Londonewcastle Project Space, London, UK
2018   The British Museum, London, UK